Here’s a fun little relic from the earliest days of game development: the original contract for the IBM port of Wasteland, made by Interplay, which cost EA just $28,000.
Is there anything more paralyzing than a blank slate?
"Forsaken by his people, he strode into the wasteland," the narrator intones in the intro to Fallout 2. 16 years later, and creator Brian Fargo has delivered that promise anew in a very literal way: by making Wasteland 2, a spiritual successor to his Fallout games that's also a...sequel to their predecessor.
Want to get ready for Wasteland 2, or just enjoy perusing the numerous attributes? You can download the 99-page Wasteland 2 manual right here.
I played through Fallout 1 and 2 multiple times, but didn't like the squad based complexity of Fallout Tactics. So this latest trailer for Wasteland 2 is bad news for me. The trailer spends several minutes explaining the seemingly infinite options in designing a squad, only to then show how a poorly designed squad…
"There was this one moment in Fallout 3, when I came across a prisoner at some raider camp," I said. "She was still tied up, but all the raiders were gone. Maybe they were dead or something, I don't know. The game gave me a choice: I could take her supplies and leave her there, or set her free."
Wasteland 2's general release creeps closer and closer. Here is the opening live-action movie introducing the game's heroic desert rangers:
In a world with horse armor DLC, things that game companies sell as additional content never surprises me—but it's probably a bad sign that I clicked this particular button half expecting the "Red Boots DLC" to be real, huh?
Above is the dialog screen the Wasteland 2 developers created. They sought feedback in the game forum, and a fan helped them vastly improve the design:
The latest Wasteland 2 update included new screenshots and and a promise of 50+ hours of gameplay:
It raised a ton of cash during its Kickstarter campaign. Then Wasteland 2 got delayed because of all that money. But, rest assured, the sequel to the classic RPG is coming. And a new video gives a substantial glimpse at what the gameplay will look like. Get ready for clicking, folks.
Wasteland 2 sure is looking nice. Here's a lengthy demo of a level from the game, which gives a good sense of a bunch of the different systems and encounters and how they all fit together.
Wasteland 2, like Double Fine's adventure game, is one of Kickstarter's greatest video game project successes. And, like Double Fine's adventure game, it's also run into a snag because, well, y'all just gave it too darn much money.